Current Exhibitions

Dignity: Tribes in Transition
Photographs by Dana Gluckstein

April 22-June 19, 2016

DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition captures the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The 60 black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples span three decades and pay homage to these imperiled cultures. Whether photographing a Haitian healer or a San Bushmen chief, Gluckstein infuses each portrait with an essential human grace.

Gluckstein distills the universality of experience that links us all yet never sacrifices the dignity of the individual. “The ancient ones tell us where we have come from and where we must go as a world community. Humanity’s survival depends on how carefully we listen,” states the artist. Many of the cultures represented in this exhibition — African, South American and Asian — are also represented in the museum’s permanent collection.

Paradise Park Remembered: Photographs by Bruce Mozert and others

January 23-April 24, 2016

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969. Based on a recently-published book co-authored by Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham,this exhibition features approximately 100 photographs taken by former Silver Springs staff photographer Bruce Mozert, Paradise Park memorabilia and snapshots loaned from private collectors and Marion County Black Archives.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Patrick Dougherty: Stickwork

January 16-May 1, 2016

In late January, the Appleton welcomes Patrick Dougherty for a three-week residency, during which he will build a site-specific, outdoor sculpture on the museum grounds. Dougherty is renowned for his unusual and dynamic work built with tree branches and saplings. During the anticipated two years that the sculpture will stand before it decomposes into the landscape, it will be a part of the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Walk and Garden. Also on display from January 16-May 1, a selection of drawings, video and photo documentation of the artist’s past projects.

The Appleton is seeking dedicated, volunteer assistance from individuals, groups or organizations to assist the artist with the construction of the Stickwork sculpture from February 1-19, 2016. For more information, click here.

Artist Talk with Patrick Dougherty
Thursday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

11th Congressional District Art Competition
Youth Art Exhibition

March 11-April 3, 2016

The 11th Congressional District Art Competition is hosted by Congressman Richard Nugent and includes artwork by highschool students from Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Marion Counties. Judging for the competition takes place March 9, and one winner will have their entry sent to Washington, D.C. to be hung in the Capitol for one year.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition reception being held at the Appleton on March 18, 6-8 p.m.

Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.